To stimulate reading and make it a fun activity you can incorporate these activities into your Library sessions:
Speed Booking – Depending on the class or group size, gender and year level, the organiser needs to select enough books to choose from. This can be fiction or non-fiction or both. Ask in advance how many students/readers you will
After the readers have visited all the tables they’ll have ended up with their final choice. That is the book they are going to read; in
Buy, borrow or beg items that represent the genres you are going to explain: Smiley face on a hat for humor, a battery operated sword with glowing green tip for Dystopia, fur dog from the op shop for Animals, ……let your imagination run wild.
Divide the readers in groups of 4 or 5. Each group sits around a table close enough to be able to see and hear you – a podium works wonders. Explain what is going to happen. First the guessing of genres and after that the selection of 2 books (or 4 depending on time and enthusiasm) of different genres. Tell them that at the end of the session you’re going to make a group photo where the students can show the genre items – (have your camera ready) Let them choose the representative.
Type and print in advance a required number of excel sheets, with columns for genre, characteristic and title of book and a row for each genre. Let the students choose a representative for their group (he or she will answer questions at the end of the session) and have that noted down at the bottom of the sheet.
With the genre items ready and the excel sheets and pencils at hand you can start the session.
Hand out the excel sheets plus pencils – each group gets 1 excel sheet plus a pencil for each representative. Each group has to find 2
When the students choose books and are writing, you have the time to arrange all genre items on a table for when you are going to make a group photo.
At the end of the session, when all groups have discussed their books, allow for 2 extra minutes to make a group photo with the students holding the genre items. Make a couple of photos – a serious and a funny one where everybody sticks out their tongue or looks cross-eyed. Email it to their teacher or put it on the school blog. Success assured!!!
Make special events for the corners of the board, like in the real Monopoly. That can be doing something like finishing a quote. Have quizzes and questions incorporated in the board for the stations and prison. Use 2 large dice and let the students start. They have to read one of the books they pass during the trip. To keep track of what books they landed on they select the paper copies until after the game. Keep extra copies of books to replace the empty space.
Because you can incorporate whatever quiz or number game you want, a wider range of students will enjoy it. Some are good at answering literature questions and some are better at the quizzes or number games. But in the end they all end up with a book they have to read!
Tell the students that it is not about giving an exact description of the story. You can’t in six words; but you can give an impression or the feeling of the story….
If they want to sign it with their name that’s fine but if they want to do it anonymously that’s OK as well. Many students prefer that.
Read some aloud before they begin to give them an idea of how it could be:
Some examples I love:
Butter: You should never eat yourself to death
Cherub series: James Bond child style Angels unite
Gone series: Adults gone but we are trapped
The hidden child: The mystery is never in history
Staple or paste the notes to a board so all students can read it. You can copy the front page of the cover of the book and staple it next to it.
If you want to make it a competition you need to appoint a judge and have a prize. Have the best 5 – 10 reviews printed on A3 and laminated and put in a dominant space on the wall.
Book Lovers’ Week – Carole Gardiner, Librarian from Queen’s High School in Dunedin organized the following activities during their Book Lovers’ Week:
Blind Date With A Book – Incredibly popular with over a hundred mystery books being issued during a week. –
Guess The Reader – The students have to guess which person is hiding behind a book.
Books We Love – Students and staff helped creating heart-shaped post-it notes with titles of the books they love.
Childhood Favorites – Staff shared their most loved children’s book in a vintage display.
You can check out Carole’s blog. For more info and photos: email@example.com
Thank you Carole for allowing me to display your ideas (:-)
Love Letters to a (famous) Book Character
Is the ancient art form of handwriting dying out? Have your students write a love letter to a book character they fell in love with and have it sent to the Library. The envelope and stamp give it extra substance. Publish the letter on a board and on your school or Library Blog or scan it and email it to the author who created the character.
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